And the Moral of the Story Is…..??
Privately Run Children’s Homes are slowly becoming the norm in the UK and are slowly replacing State Run Children’s Homes.
This was a point that was raised at the no2abuse Failing to Care - Back to Basics debate in Parliament on the 6th July 2009.
Privately Run Children’s Homes are run to make a profit, as they are a business. So in effect the owners of these Privately Run Children’s homes are making a profit from looking after the Country’s most vulnerable Children.
A long discussion was had at the debate about this topic which has prompted me to write this article.
It is my belief that it is morally wrong to make a profit from looking after Children who have unfortunately come into the care system. I think many would agree.
So why is this happening? I mean we are quick enough to put down Mother’s who have Children so they are able to claim extra benefit money, or to be eligible for a larger home as this is in effect having a baby to make a profit.
Many at the debate agreed that Private Children’s Homes should not make a profit from looking after our most vulnerable Children, after all our Children are not commodities.
Tim Loughton, The Shadow Minister for Children put a different view on things. It seemed his belief that whether Privately Run Children’s Homes made a profit or not, as long as the Children were looked after well this was all that mattered. He went on to say that in his constituency there are 8 State Run Children’s Homes which leave a lot to be desired.
While I agree with Tim that the care that the Children receive is the most important thing, however I do not agree that it doesn’t matter whether these Homes make a profit.
Our Children should not be used to line Businessmen’s pockets with £50 notes, they need to be nurtured and loved now and into their future.
I would like to see this profit put back into providing the best possible care and outcomes for these Children. One example would be into a trust fund so that when the Child leaves care they have a ’nest egg’. Children who live with their Parents have this so why shouldn’t the Children in Care?
Maybe this is a moral issue but it is something that I truly believe in. Every Child in the Care System has as much right to a ‘normal’ life like Children who live at home with their Families have.
The same goes for providing for their future. Parents don’t stop caring for their Children when they hit 18 years of age, so why do the people who run our Care System think is acceptable for Children to leave care at 18 years with no provisions for their future?
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